JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden Educator

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Minneapolis, MN

2018 Job Announcement:  JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden Educator

Position Description

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is seeking an individual to coordinate garden education programs at the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden located in Theodore Wirth Regional Park.  This seasonal position is responsible for program outreach, participant recruitment, scheduling groups and part-time staff, organizing activities and leading programs, and other duties as assigned.  Programs encompass everything from hands-on gardening and water quality education to birding, native plant identification, and more.      

Required qualifications

  • Ability to work entire season (early April to mid-October)
  • Ability to lead hands-on garden focused programs
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Ability to follow directions, complete assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to schedule and coordinate group programs and staff
  • Ability to facilitate multiple parties working at a single site
  • Ability to work in an outdoor setting (including inclement weather)
  • Knowledge of gardening for food production
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Experience working with, and motivating, children and teens
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, problem-solving skills, adaptable, good sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications

  • College course work in environmental education, agriculture, natural sciences, education, or related field
  • Previous experience working at a children’s or community garden

Strongly desired but not required: Fluency in Spanish or Hmong

Position details

This is a seasonal, non-benefited position.  The season is early April thru mid-October.  Hours will vary by the month; anticipate that Early April thru August will be 20 to 40 hours a week.  Normal work week is Monday to Friday with an occasional Saturday, and some evenings. 

Compensation is $17.00 per hour and mileage reimbursement.

Closing date: 3/16/18

Please note JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden in cover letter and send with resume and references to:

Jamie McBride, Environmental Education Lead

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

3800 Bryant Ave S

Mpls MN 55409

jmcbride@minneapolisparks.org